Xbox One vs Xbox One S – My Review

The Beauty of the Xbox One

Now that Microsoft has released the newest xbox, the Xbox One S, the obvious question is: Should I upgrade to the new version. This is the same question we asked a year ago when the Xbox One 1TB was released. The short answer is: Not so fast. At a size of 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One, Xbox One S is the most compact Xbox yet. It includes a built-in power supply. Microsoft shifted one of the three USB ports and the pairing button to the front of the Xbox One S alongside the newly added IR blaster for increased accessibility. IR blasters are not new. Basically, they allow you to control features like changing the channel. Those who experimented with video capture cards in personal computers a few years ago should have some experience with IR blasters. You would connect them through a USB or other port and program a remote control to the change the channels of the television coming through your computer. With the new Xbox One S, whether you’re playing a game or watching a movie, the integrated IR Blaster will get you to the action faster, allowing you to leave your remotes behind.


The beloved Xbox One has been for sale for a while. While there are different numbers floating around, it appears that Microsoft has sold an estimated 20 million Xbox One units. The public seems to really love the Xbox One, as the revolutionary technology company Microsoft has transitioned the Xbox from being a gaming device to being an all around entertainment device unlike no other. The Xbox One can be used as a medium to watch TV or to stream movies and videos or to surf the web, all in addition to being a top notch gaming console.

Kinect for Xbox One

What really sets the Xbox One apart from its competitor, however, is the Kinect that can be attached to enhance the experience of having an Xbox One. Unfortunately, Xbox One S does not come with Kinect port. Getting Kinect up and running with a new Xbox One S requires a few extra steps. You’re going to need an Xbox One Kinect sensor and an adapter. According to Microsoft, “for a limited time, the Kinect Adapter will be available for free to customers who have an original Xbox One console, an Xbox One Kinect Sensor, and an Xbox One S console. You will need the serial number for all three devices to get the free Xbox Kinect Adapter.” If you’re buying a new Xbox one S and want to use Kinect, the adapter will cost you $40.00.

On the Xbox One, electronics and vocal commands have been mastered with the Kinect. People can talk to the Xbox One like they imagined in the Jetsonian future. People can make commands like  “turn on”, “change the channel”, “play disc”, and the extensive list of commands continues and includes almost anything that you can think of. Everything changed with the Xbox One, and with the Kinect, losing the remote control became a thing of the past.

Xbox One Console

Although the Xbox One could be primarily used as perfect merger between TV and the internet, it truly is an elite gaming console. The Xbox One offers the best and most diverse range of games of any console, and offers a total gaming experience like no other console can offer. The Xbox One, the Xbox One 1tb, and the Xbox One S all come with great xbox one bundles. The Xbox One backwards compatibility means that xbox one games from one version can be played on another version of Xbox One. The Xbox One has powerful hardware and the most dynamic and flawless software built into the system. With components like this, each game has incredibly artistic graphics like a cinematic masterpiece. Microsoft has always been a company to push the limits of technology and the Xbox One may be its greatest product to date with how it is simply astounding people. Many consoles create a lot of hype when they are first released, but, just like with the Xbox 360, the Xbox One seems to remain relevant. After being in the market for a while now, people are still excited about it. This is because the Xbox One is constantly adapting to the consumers, meeting demand, and providing exciting and fresh both gaming and entertainment experiences. The Xbox One is truly a dynamic product. The Xbox One S is another example of this dynamism. The Xbox One 1TB originally had a market of about $500. It not only is an efficient use of money when you operate it independently, but the increased functionality enabled with the optimal use of all your other electronic devices definitely makes it a worthwhile investment. When paired with your television, your laptop, or even your phone, the Xbox One can provide an advanced technological experience that you could have only dreamed about witnessing someday. With the Xbox One, your creativity can flow through the majesty of the games, your adventurous side can be quenched by the journey of the games, and your lazy side can be appeased through the endless entertainment of the device and the convenience in which it presents itself. The Xbox One is guaranteed to be your favorite electronic device for some time to come.

Like the original Xbox One, you can configure your Xbox One S to turn on other devices, like your TV, audio/video receiver, and cable/satellite receiver. Whether you’re playing a game or watching a movie, the integrated IR Blaster will get you to the action faster, allowing you to leave your remotes behind.

Xbox One vs Xbox One S – Should I Upgrade?

When it’s all said and done, the Xbox One S should be primarily viewed as a slimmed-down version of the Xbox One that introduces a mildly updated controller and provisions for 4K display. It’s not going to warp you into a state-of-the-art gaming experience. Pragmatically, you’re probably better off nabbing an older Xbox One, which are now being sold at fire-sale prices. But if you are getting an Xbox One for the first time, have an interest in the bundled games and aren’t saving your pennies for 2017’s Project Scorpio, the One S is certainly a good all-round gaming and entertainment deal. That Project Scorpio, which Microsoft has already signaled as a 2017 release, promises to add even more dynamism to the Xbox One platform. This may be a reason to delay an upgrade decision if you already own an Xbox One or Xbox One 1TB.

However, keep in mind that with an internal power supply and up to 2TB of internal storage, the Xbox One S is the most advanced Xbox ever.

Nevertheless, existing owners of an Xbox One or Xbox One 1TB have no reason to grab one unless they’re desperate to own an Ultra 4K HD blu-ray player, or really want that tiny boost in the power the Xbox One S provides. So, if you’re trying to decide on whether to purchase an Xbox One S this holiday season, it depends on what you already own. If you don’t already own an Xbox One or Xbox One 1TB, then go for it. If you already own one of these, then you may want to wait to see what Microsoft has in store for project Scorpio in 2017.